Film - reviews, previews and interviews
Interview Rory Girvan
Louise Crowther talks Stella, Robert De Niro and bread and butter with Leeds… (Read more...)
Film Review Shame
Leeds International Film Festival 2011 Closing Gala, Leeds Town Hall, 18th November. Dir.… (Read more...)
Feature Juan of the Dead
Cuba's first independent film since Castro came to power had its UK premiere… (Read more...)
John takes a look at the third instalment of Daniel Craig as his favourite double agent
I have been a Bond fan for many years, in fact since my parents took me to see Dr No at the tender age of 10 and I have seen every one of the twenty two releases since then, some of them many times over.
Some actors playing Bond have pleased me, others perhaps not so, but throughout the last 50 years, the films have always been at the cutting edge of new cinema techniques and special effects. And this latest Bond movie is no exception which is why I wanted to see it in the first week of its…
Interview The Muppets
They’re baaaaack and variety has never been so Velcro’d... John Mosby meets The Muppets
It isn’t easy being green, or so we’re told, but Kermit the frog seems to be doing fine. He’s holding court at a rather swankier pad then the usual ‘lily’ variety, a top-notch London hotel where he’s in town (with porcine paramour, Miss Piggy) to promote the release of his latest film, handily entitled The Muppets.
Amazingly, it’s been over a decade since the last official Muppet movie and yet the velcro’d variety team are as fondly remembered as ever. More than one generation grew up on the Muppets – either through the famous TV show or the various films…
DVD Review The British Guide to Showing Off
UK 2012. Cert 15. 97 mins. Dir: Jes Benstock. Cast: Brian Eno, Andrew Logan, Richard O’Brien, Grayson Perry, Zandra Rhodes
Following the life and loves of exuberant sculptor and artist Andrew Logan, The British Guide to Showing Off is no ordinary biographical documentary. Through a montage of archive footage, animations, photographs and interviews with friends and former participants, itcharts Logan’s early life and career to consider how these experiences influenced his creation of the “socially revolutionary” Alternative Miss World competition.
The AMV, as it is more commonly known, is a subcultural beauty pageant that celebrates non-conformity, self-expression and all things eccentric, and is nowadays renowned the world over as a quintessentially British tradition. Logan believes “there is a strain in…
DVD Review The Burma Conspiracy
2012. Cert 15. 119 mins. Dir: Jérôme Salle. Cast: Tomer Sisley, Sharon Stone
Know your enemies - that’s the name of the game in director Jérôme Salle’s latest action thriller, The Burma Conspiracy, the second film in the Largo Winch series.
Based on the novels and comic book series by Philippe Francq and Jean Van Hamme, Salle immerses his audience in a complex web of deceit, betrayal and corporate corruption to tell the story of our protagonist’s fight to clear his family’s name of crimes against humanity. Facing tough opposition in the form of international prosecutor Diane Franken (Sharon Stone) and violent, money-hungry adversaries - General Kyaw Min, Bosnian mercenary Lazarevic, and businessman…
Review Perfect Sense
UK 2011. Cert 15. 92 mins. Dir: David Mackenzie. Cast: Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Connie Nielson, Ewen Bremner, Denis Lawson, Stephen Dillane
The director of Hallam Foe and Young Adam explores characteristically dark subject matter in this artistic, slowmotion apocalypse film.
Award-winning Danish writer Kim Fupz Aakeson (responsible for 2010’s excellent A Somewhat Gentle Man) tells her story through the narration of Glasgow-based female lead, Susan. A noncontagious global virus is somehow spreading that seems to be wiping out each human sense in turn and there’s disturbingly little information about its source. Working on this inexplicable phenomenon, epidermiologist Susan tells us there are various theories: an environmental ecological apocalypse caused by genetic modification; God’s punishment for a world of non-believers; a military…
Interview Antonio Banderas
John Mosby meets the Spanish actor who with his new film Puss In Boots is certainly feline groovy (sorry)
There’s little doubt that Antonio Banderas is one of the members of that elite testosterone-fuelled movie club in which women want to be with him and men want to go out for a drink with him. The Spanish actor made his breakthrough in such international action-outings such as Desperado, Once Upon a Time in Mexico and Assassins but has branched out into diverse projects such as the Spy Kids franchise and much darker material such as The Skin I Live In.
Puss in Boots sees him planted, once again, in family viewing terrain. Puss in Boots was the scene-stealing character…